While there is no question that Pinot Chardonnay is king, as it pairs well with rich seafood and many fowl dishes and has become America’s favorite wine for any time sipping; during the warm days of late spring and summer, many other varietals are better suited for casual enjoyment.
I always prefer a crisper, more refreshing, less tropical and cleaner white wine: so Sauvignon Blanc is well suited and is getting increasingly more popular (as reflected by sales in my restaurants) but one should look to the light Rhone varietals like Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier or Grenache Blanc either from France or California, an AustrianGrunerVeltliner,the Verdicchios and Vermentinos of Italy, not to discount a well-made Pinot Griggio, or sip on the low alcohol Rieslings of Germany.
They are too many of these varietals to name them all here but the idea is to broaden your wine horizons by trying different “cepages”, making your wine drinking a more interesting experience, introducing your friend to your latest find! Most of them will also be far less expensive than a well-regarded Chardonnay.
A knowledgeable wine consultant in your favorite wine shop will certainly be willing to help you in that quest. Now, “Cheers”!